About December 4

December 4, 2020 is the 339th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 27 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Sagittarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 70 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 4

  • 306
    Martyrdom of Saint Barbara.
  • 771
    Austrasian King Carloman dies, leaving his brother Charlemagne King of the now complete Frankish Kingdom.
  • 1110
    First Crusade: The Crusaders sack Sidon.
  • 1259
    Kings Louis IX of France and Henry III of England agree to the Treaty of Paris, in which Henry renounces his claims to French-controlled territory on continental Europe (including Normandy) in exchange for Louis withdrawing his support for English rebels.
  • 1619
    38 colonists from Berkeley Parish in England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God (this is considered by many to be the first Thanksgiving in the Americas).
  • 1676
    Battle of Lund: A Danish army under the command of King Christian V of Denmark engages the Swedish army commanded by Field Marshal Simon Grundel-Helmfelt.
  • 1745
    Charles Edward Stewart’s army reaches Derby, its furthest point during the second Jacobite Rising.
  • 1791
    The first edition of The Observer, the world’s first Sunday newspaper, is published.
  • 1881
    The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.
  • 1945
    By a vote of 65 to 7, the United States Senate approves United States participation in the United Nations (the UN is established on October 24, 1945).
  • 1969
    Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot and killed in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.
  • 1971
    McGurk’s Bar bombing: An Ulster Volunteer Force bomb kills 15 civilians and wounds 17 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • 1971
    The Montreux Casino in Switzerland is set ablaze by someone wielding a flare gun during a Frank Zappa concert; the incident would be noted in the Deep Purple song “Smoke on the Water”.
  • 1975
    Suriname joins the United Nations.
  • 1979
    The Hastie fire in Hull, kills three schoolboys and eventually leads police to arrest Bruce George Peter Lee.
  • 1981
    South Africa grants independence to the Ciskei “homeland” (not recognized by any government outside South Africa).
  • 1993
    A truce is concluded between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels.
  • 2005
    Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the Government to allow universal and equal suffrage.
  • 2006
    An adult giant squid is caught on video for the first time by Tsunemi Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km south of Tokyo.
  • 2006
    Six black youths assault a white teenager in Jena, Louisiana, US; the subsequent court case becomes a cause célèbre.

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